Louisiana mayors unite in opposition to veto override of controversial gun bill

Louisiana mayors unite in opposition to veto override of controversial gun bill

NEW ORLEANS ( WGNO ) — Late last month, Governor John Bel Edwards vetoed a bill sponsored by Senator Jay Morris of West Monroe that would allow Louisianans 21 and older to conceal carry a firearm without a permit or proper training. While Louisiana is an open-carry state already for citizens 18 and over, current law calls for a person to complete a nine-hour training course and pay fees to get a permit to conceal carry. On Tuesday, New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell joined mayors from around the state in opposition to a potential veto override of Gov. Edwards declination. Mayor Sharon Weston Broome of Baton Rouge, Mayor Adrian Perkins of Shreveport, Mayor Robert Billiot of Westwego, Mayor Cornell Dukes of New Roads and Mayor Lionel Johnson of St. Gabriel stand alongside Cantrell in urging the Louisiana legislature to uphold the veto. Cantrell’s statement reads: As leaders of Louisiana cities, large and small, we are asking the legislature to uphold Gov. Edwards’ veto of this dangerous legislation. No one is attempting to take away anyone’s Second Amendment rights, but instead, keep the current law in place to protect all of our citizens. Louisiana is the sportsman’s paradise and nothing will change that, but eliminating the requirement for citizens to be trained in firearms handling and obtain permits and receive training to carry concealed weapons puts the people we represent in danger and it will make it harder for law enforcement to keep us safe. Just last week, sheriffs and […]

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